Obama pitches health care in Texas

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is promoting his embattled health care law in Texas, the state with the highest rate of uninsured Americans in the nation. The state has been among the most politically hostile to the signature initiative of his presidency.

The trip to Texas comes a day after his administration tried to soothe anxious Democrats by reporting improvements in the troubled online enrollment system.

Obama's visit will underscore obstacles the law faces in Republican states where governors such as Texas' Rick Perry have refused to take advantage of the law's expansion of Medicaid to assist more of the working poor. More than 23 percent of Texas residents are uninsured.

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